Naval War College Review


This paper is based on the growing recognition of the political impact of the military. The military not only transmits its codes and mores to those who join its ranks, but also attracts people whose images, habits, motives, and values appear to have the greatest chance of fulfillment in the military service. Although the service academies are relatively small institutions1 they produce an overwhelming majority of the officers who attain flag rank. Therefore they have an influence out of proportion to their numbers in determining military policy as well as in giving direction to the military's overall orientation toward the rest of society.